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Responsible Pet Owners Month

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month. This is one cause that we are happy to shed light on. Pets are wonderful friends and companions. However, they depend on their humans for everything. Being a truly responsible pet owner entails much more than simply giving your furry pal food, water, and shelter. Read on as a Murrieta, CA vet offers some advice on being a responsible pet owner.

Commit

The biggest thing about being a responsible pet owner is understanding the commitment you are making to your pet. Don’t adopt an animal unless you are dedicated to caring for it for the rest of its life!

Spay/Neuter

Pet overpopulation is a serious issue, and one that just keeps growing. Don’t let your dog or cat contribute to the issue by having unwanted litters!

Training

This one mostly applies to dogs, as cats tend to train us. All pooches should know basic obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Heel, and Come. If Fido hasn’t got these down pat yet, it’s time to finish his petucation!

Veterinary Care

Making sure that your furry best friend sees their doctor regularly. We recommend that all dogs and cats be fixed, microchipped, and kept current on vaccines and parasite control. At home, watch for signs of sickness, and call your vet right away if you notice anything wrong.

Safety

There’s almost no end to the ways that pets can get themselves into trouble. Be sure to remove potential hazards, like toxic plants. If you have a yard, make sure your fencing is secure. Also, keep Fido on a leash whenever you take him off your property. As for Fluffy, she’s better off staying indoors.

Enrichment & Stimulation

Good pet parenting also addresses pets’ emotional and mental health. Toys and playtime are very important for this! Fido will also benefit from trips to parks and trails, while Fluffy will appreciate a good window seat and some kitty furniture to look adorable on.

Love

Last but not least, make sure that your furry friend knows that he or she is loved. Pay lots of attention to your pet every day. Purrs and tail wags are some of the best things in life, as far as we are concerned!

Please reach out if there is ever anything we can do to be of assistance. As your local Murrieta, CA veterinary clinic, we are here to help!

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